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nates or only one alternate remaining. so that's getting really too close for comfort. ultimately if they run out of alternate jurors and something went wrong, obviously there could be a mistrial. that's why there is so much concern about maintaining the safety of the jury. >> susan candiotti, thank you so much. that does it for me. "the lead" with jake tapper starts right now. we now know who filmed the video of the officer shooting that man in the back in south carolina. we will hear what he says the video did not show. i'm jake tapper. this is "the lead." the national lead. he says he was just walking to work when he saw a struggle and he had the presence of mind to turn his cell phone camera on. the man who filmed officer michael slager gunning down walter scott as scott sprinted for his life says he never saw the victim grab the officer's taser. also in national news for many in law enforcement, dzhokhar tsarnaev was found guilty but this is not case closed. why some investigators wonder
whether he and his brother had accomplices who may still be out there. plus it's looking pretty apocolyptic in the midwest right now. baseball size hail ten reported tornadoes, a woman swept away by flood waters and killed in her car and now the entire chicago metro area is under tornado watch. good afternoon. welcome to "the lead." i'm jake tapper. let's get right to our national lead. new information about what we did not see on that shocking video out of south carolina that shows a police officer shooting a man in the back as he attempted to run away. the witness who captured this horrific scene is now speaking out, not only about why he took the video but what happened in the moments leading up to the deadly confrontation. listen to what he had to say to nbc's matt lauer on "the today show." >> i saw that he was trying to get away from the taser, and his reaction was just you know to
get away of the taser. >> was there a struggle over the taser that you saw? were they fighting over it? >> no. he never grabbed the taser. >> feidin santana says he was compelled to turn the video over after he heard the police department's version of what happened and it contradicted what he saw go down and what he felt. there are also other recordings from the scene of the shooting that may capture moments not recorded by santana's cell phone. let's go live to cnn's jason carroll to talk about it. do we have any idea when the dash cam video might be released and what it might show? >> reporter: good question. a spokesman for the agency handling the investigation which has the dash cam videos says that those videos will be released he did not have the timing on that and that's simply because there are a number of dash cam videos that have to be reviewed before they release them to the public. when north charleston police
officer michael slager radios to dispatch after firing his weapon at walter scott, he seems to make his case. >> shots fired. subject is down. he grabbed my taser. >> feidin santana shot the video of the shooting. his account of the struggle is much different from that of officer slager's. >> reporter: was there a struggle over the taser that you saw? were they fighting over it? >> no. he never grabbed the taser off the police. >> reporter: santana said he was scared when he saw and heard slager's gun shots but kept recording. >> i didn't really thought that he was going to die or that he was dead. >> reporter: for a video that so clearly shows an unarmed man being shot in the back multiple times by a police officer -- >> i have watched the video. and i was sickened by what i saw. >> reporter: -- still, so many questions remain about what led north charleston police officers michael slager to fire eight shots at walter scott as he ran
away. scott died shortly after being shot in an incident that began as a traffic stop, according to police documents. >> there are questions that i have in my mind that i can't answer right now. >> reporter: one of the questions, why did scott run. his brother providing insight. >> it might have been something in his past an outstanding warrant maybe for child support, but i do think he may have initially ran, but it's still not a reason to be gunned down. >> reporter: the north charleston police department has turned the investigation over to the south carolina law enforcement division or s.l.e.d. the evidence gathering agency reviewing multiple dash cam videos including officer slager's. a spokesman telling cnn officer slager's dash cam does not show the shooting or the struggle between the two and likely only shows the first few moments after slager pulled scott over for a broken taillight. at an naacp rally thursday members praised the city's
police department and mayor for taking swift action against slager but still say -- >> we are also aware, however, that the action taken in this case is the exception rather than the rule. >> reporter: the naacp and a number of people in this community will be paying close attention to the investigation. that investigative agency will also be interviewing the passenger who was in the car when scott was pulled over. once they complete their investigation, they are going to put something together called a case file report. that then will be turned over to the prosecutor's office. jake? >> jason, thank you so much. a man who once filed a criminal complaint against officer slager revealed just minutes ago that he now plans to sue the north charleston police department. mario givens says he had a terrifying encounter with the officer back in 2013 when slager was investigating a burglary in his neighborhood and he also says had his case been taken
seriously, perhaps walter scott would be alive today. cnn's brian todd is live in north charleston with more on this story. brian, this happened years ago. why sue now? >> reporter: it could be just because the timing is right, given all the attention on the walter scott case right now. that really is the frank truth of the matter. as you mention, this incident happened in september of 2013 when officer michael slager was called to pursue a possible burglary suspect. he approached a residence. when he knocked on the door a man inside the residence which turns out to be mario givens yelled out that he was not the suspect. a witness nearby also yelled to the officer that mario givens was not the suspect, but according to police records that we have obtained givens was still pulled out of the house, he was tased by officer slager and pushed down and dragged. that's why he is now filing a lawsuit to as far as his perspective is concerned, givens did say he did try to bring this to the attention of police
department for several months and they told him it was only under investigation but nothing ever came of it. here is what givens said a short time ago. >> i was upset because technically he took a real long time to even investigate the case. when i kept coming back they told me we're still investigating. when i came back one time they told me we didn't find out he did no wrong. if they really tried to listen to me or investigate, that man would probably be alive because that won't have been an officer in the field. >> reporter: a very important point to make in that case involving mario givens officer michael slager was exonerated. very important to remember that as we proceed with reporting this particular angle of this broader story. one thing that givens did tell cnn later was the actual suspect, the real suspect in that burglary, was his own brother. jake? >> brian todd thank you so much. the horrific events in north charleston have brought renewed focus on police body cameras.
without this recording of the encounter between police officer michael slager and 50-year-old walter scott, who knows where we would be right now. in the wake of the shooting the north charleston police department announced yesterday plans to outfit all of its officers with the cameras. a 2013 study found at least 25% of the 254 u.s. police departments surveyed used body cameras. some police unions still balk at the idea over concerns that the footage could be used in pfishing expeditions against officers. we have seen real life examples of how prominent a role these cameras can play. take for example, a case in oklahoma where a camera captured a deadly police encounter with a suspect trying to get away. >> relashgs. relax. [ gun shots ]
>> the case involving 21-year-old terrence walker is still under investigation but police say the video when enhanced shows walker pointing a gun at the officer just before he was shot. witnesses have disputed the claim but state investigators will be able to examine the video for themselves to determine what really happened. joining me now to look at the pros and cons of body cameras, former nypd officer eugene o'donnell and readit hudson. eugene what is the down side to these cameras? >> not for sure but we're uncertain what ultimately whether it will be a good or bad thing. the concern i would have is that it will disincentive for the police to be involved. we are currently focusing rightly on police abuse, police brutality, but the truth in america is that there are many places where the police are completely unengaged, are doing nothing and i would be concerned putting cameras on police people. it will make it much less desirable to be a police officer
and police officers will find themselves -- it won't just stop wrongdoing it will stop right doing, also. >> why would it stop right doing? why would it encourage officers to not do their jobs? >> put yourself in a position of a police officer who does a car stop and asks somebody for their license and refuse. would you want to be on camera in that situation? when you don't know what the outcome is when you may need to use force, when essentially you could go to prison by the time that stop is over or would you just not do the stop. these are the concerns. i don't want to emphatically say it's a bad idea but i would have concerns about that. if you look around the country, there are many parts of the u.s. where the police are simply not effective, not engaged, not proactive and we don't need to grow that further. >> what do you think about that? >> if you're doing your job within the policies of your department and the laws that you are enforcing, whether they're state or federal, you want to be on camera. it's the most objective record that we can have of the interaction between a citizen
and a police officer and as you just pointed out with the footage you showed in two different instances, we see what happened. we don't have to trust the citizen or the officer. we can look at a tape and see what happened. i don't want to work with any officer who is put off by the idea that his actions or her actions may be recorded that there may be an actual record of what you did on duty. that's a very troubling thought. >> eugene there have been some studies that show departments where cameras have been implemented have had dramatic declines in excessive force complaints and officers in some of these studies were less likely to use force. is your argument that that's because these cameras disincentivize work? is that why you think the studies are the way they are? >> absolutely. these cameras seem to show the cops knew the ending and seems to show there's some precision in which you can use force and there's some expertise that you can bring to this.
the police are often left to their own devices in these situations and by the way, you can look at a city like st. louis, the city clears out after dark downtown. we need more police engagement in st. louis, not less. i would be concerned again in that city and other cities that the police will simply find a way to be on fifth street when there's a problem on sixth street. >> you can look at a city like new york that's had over $1 billion in settlements because of police officer misconduct and recognize the fact that none of that was self-reported by the officers who were involved in those incidents. kou you could look at the fact that in south carolina we would not be where we are but for the videotape. the officer would have gotten away with murder which is what he committed on the videotape, because he could have fallen back on the very narrative that the gentleman from new york is putting out here right now. our job is tough, we don't need to be watched. >> we have an epidemic of murder in some cities in the u.s. >> what does that have to do with cameras?
what does that have to do with police videotaping your actions? >> police are our first line of defense. we saw this -- >> what does that have to do with their actions being recorded? >> let's look at l.a. >> all right. let's let him respond. >> look at the skid row shooting which was shown thousands of times and actually reflects the police being brutalized the police being attacked by a convicted robber. >> i didn't see it. >> that did occur. >> eugene isn't that the point, though? sometimes -- >> no. >> -- these body cams would clear police officers. >> it didn't. ask the vast majority of people what the result of that incident was and they think it's police brutality. >> have any of those officers been convicted? >> if you were an l.a. police officer, putting yourself in harm's way, getting seriously injured, some i think have career ending injuries would you put yourself at risk like that if you could not do it? >> let me respond. >> there are police departments that are useless in this
country. they don't engage and ask the community what they want. they want engagement. >> eugene let me give him the final word. go ahead. >> i have been shot at enforcing the laws in my state. don't ask me whether or not i would engage. ask me about the value of having an objective record created where police historically have abused their power and authority in communities that don't have a voice and don't have standing to challenge their behavior. >> this has not been about objectiveity or substance. it's been about visceral about the emotional. we need to have an intelligent conversation. >> that's the advantage of the videotape. it takes the emotion out of it. >> the videotape is simply to drive the news cycle. we need an objective conversation about homicide gun violence and the situation police officers in america -- >> when they violate the rights of the citizens that they served. >> thank you both very much. for your passionate views. we appreciate it. in other national news a pilot nearly hits a man wandering on the tarmac. another man digs under an
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welcome back to "the lead." breaking in national news today, another american accused of trying to join isis. the fbi says this 34-year-old from madison, wisconsin, joshua van haften made it to turkey before he was ultimately apprehended allegedly on his way the try to join isis. the criminal complaint accuses him of telling his roommates he wanted to join the terrorist group, ranting in text messages how he wanted to help the terrorists quote take over baghdad, even making it to the syrian border allegedly.
fbi agents say that while in turkey he tried to enlist the help of a smuggler to sneak him in to syria. van haften is also no stranger to law enforcement. he's a convicted child sex offender who also did time on a battery charge. on that subject of security here in the united states more troublesome news about just how effective airport security is at keeping unwanted individuals off your flight. according to a new report by the associated press, intruders have gotten past airport security measures hundreds of times in the past ten years, some even snuck by carrying knives. one person even had a loaded gun. let's get to cnn aviation correspondent rene marsh. hundreds of millions of dollars, billions of dollars, have been spent on increasing airport security to upgrade the airport perimeters. this seems like clear evidence that not enough is being done or is not being done effectively. >> we are talking about alarming breaches in airport security people getting past guard posts,
barbed wire fencing, making it to runways, taxi ways and in some cases on board planes. take a look at this video from last april. a 15-year-old hopped the fence at san jose international airport. he eluded detection for about six hours before he climbed into the wheel well of a plane bound for hawaii. he survived the trip. then in 2012 a jeep broke through a chain link fence. you're looking at that video. drove on to several runways just as a passenger plane was about to land at philadelphia international airport. now, the a.p.'s year-long investigation reveals 268 perimeter security breaches since 2004 at major u.s. airports. the actual number of incidents is likely higher because not all of the airports shared their data. at least 44 times, intruders made it to runways, taxiways or
to the gate. we know that san francisco international had the most breaches but also philadelphia los angeles, las vegas, san jose miami and tampa are at the top of the list as well when it comes to these security breaches. >> we should underline the associated press investigation says none of these individuals were part of any sort of active terrorist plot. but i would think regardless this is sounding alarms for officials in charge of security at these airports. >> right. when you do talk to many of these airport officials, they say that they are doing all that they can do. they have had fences and cameras. but still, when you see these numbers, all in one place, you see how many times it's happened it really begs the question is there a weakness there. >> rene marsh, thank you so much. when we come back the aaron hernandez murder trial drags on. the jury is continuing to deliberate. could a decision come today? we will go to the courthouse next. plus tonight's the night. if you plan to order an apple watch, apple is already saying
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welcome back to "the lead." i'm jake tapper. in national news today, we just got word deliberations will continue for a third full day in the trial of aaron hernandez, the former new england patriots star is of course on trial for the murder of semi-pro player odin lloyd. for the second full day jurors have been huddled together deliberating mostly circumstantial evidence. during the trial the jury heard from more than 130 witnesses but no one testified they actually saw the murder. prosecutors could only suggest that hernandez was the actual killer. cnn's susan candiotti is live in fall river, massachusetts. susan, a major juror complaint held up deliberations today. >> reporter: yes. two of the jurors were very concerned because when they left court yesterday, they were under a police escort to go to their cars and they said they felt as though someone was following them an unmarked suv. they reported it to the court,
took a snapshot of the license plate and then came back to a television station in boston. neither of the jurors told the judge that they felt all of this would impact their ability to fairly deliberate and render a verdict so they were sent back to work. but the jury -- the judge wasn't done. she banned that particular photographer from covering the trial anymore and from even entering the courthouse until the trial is over with. with that the jury went on with its work and they got a lot of work to do because in this case, there are more than 430 exhibits to consider. each day, a traditional call to order. after 135 witnesses stretching over nearly 11 weeks, a jury will now decide the fate of former new england patriots star aaron hernandez. >> the commonwealth is going to prove to you this defendant committed the crime of murder.
>> reporter: on a hard-fought defense contends hernandez would never kill his good friend odin lloyd, who was dating the sister of his fiancee. >> aaron hernandez was planning a future not a murder. >> reporter: there is a mountain of circumstantial evidence from the crime scene. an isolated pit in an industrial park where lloyd's bullet-riddled body is found. experts testify a marijuana blunt with dna from hernandez and lloyd put them both at the spot. a tire on hernandez's rental car is consistent with tracks in there too. a shoe impression in the dirt comes from the same kind of sneaker he is seen on video wearing that night. in each case the defense attacks those findings. >> you can't tell us sir, can you, that that outsole pattern
made that impression can you, sir? >> no. >> reporter: prosecutors tried to prove this grainy home security video minutes after lloyd is killed shows hernandez holding a glock. >> in my opinion, the firearm shown in the video stills is a glock pistol. >> reporter: but the defense argues that's no glock. maybe an ipad. >> glock pistols don't have white glows to them do they, sir? >> no they did not. >> reporter: the murder weapon is still missing. does hernandez's fiancee throw it out? she gets immunity and testifies hernandez told her to ditch a box inside this black trash bag from the basement. >> the defendant had called you and said it was important that you go down and get this box and get rid of it, is that right? >> i believe so. >> reporter: but on cross, she says she smells marijuana inside that bag. what may be harder to challenge is video of odin lloyd getting
into a car with hernandez and his two friends. the same car going into that dark industrial park and 3:40 later, reappearing, then driving back to hernandez's driveway without lloyd. a show-stopping witness, hernandez's former boss patriots owner robert kraft, who met privately with his tight end two days after the murder. >> he said he was not involved that he was innocent and that he hoped that the time of the murder incident came out, because i believe he said he was in a club. >> reporter: yet evidence shows hernandez was not at a club that night. and raises the question, how would he know the time of the murder when it was not yet made public. throughout the trial, hernandez is laser sharp during the
proceedings, barely glancing at victim odin lloyd's family, there every day. the question everyone wants to know of course is when will that verdict come in. but look this is a trial that began in january and hundreds of witnesses, hundreds of exhibits. it's clear that this jury is taking its time before deciding whether aaron hernandez is guilty of murder. >> there's a lot of evidence but it is a largely circumstantial case. susan candiotti, following every development of the case thank you so much. in other national news today, he is the only person to stand trial for the boston marathon bombing. but did dzhokhar tsarnaev and his brother really act alone? just the two of them? to this day, authorities still think they had help and the fbi investigation remains open. will new clues surface? let me talk to you about retirement. a 401(k) is the most sound way to go. let's talk asset allocation. sure. you seem knowledgeable professional.
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welcome back to "the lead." i'm jack tapper. our other national lead today, for many in the law enforcement community, the boston marathon terrorist trial cannot be stamped case closed. yes, dzhokhar tsarnaev has been found guilty of all 30 counts with the looming question as to whether he will face the death penalty for his crimes killing krystle campbell lingzi lu 8-year-old martin richard and m.i.t. police officer sean collier on top of maiming hundreds of others but there is another even more troubling question involving those weapons of mass destruction, those pressure cooker bombs. prosecutors never definitively pinned down where those bombs were built or whether these terrorist brothers had any help in building them and they wonder if accomplices are still out there. it's the lingering mystery that haunts the fbi and others in law enforcement. did the tsarnaev brothers orchestrate the boston terrorist attacks alone.
the bombs themselves were built to kill a complicated recipe of destruction available online but difficult to assemble. in a motion filed last may, federal prosecutors asserted that interviews with dzhokhar tsarnaev quote, provided reason to believe that the tsarnaevs had accomplices. >> they're complex devices and you know the fact that these things went off in such close proximity showed some significant planning. >> reporter: one year after the explosions here at the marathon's finish line former boston police commissioner ed davis told me he suspected the brothers may have had help to carry out their plan. >> the fact that they were able to pull this conspiracy off and kill and hurt so many people you have to look at that very closely. there's a lot going on here and it needs to be fully vetted. >> someone who might have either assisted in making the bomb perhaps helped test it perhaps get the components that's part of the investigation that's still ongoing, because they
never -- they have never enclosed those questions. >> reporter: just days after the brothers carried out their deadly plans, i spoke to a taxi driver jim duggan who said he picked up the would-be terrorists at the train station the day before the attacks with heavy backpacks in tow. >> i don't know if it was the pressure cooker bomb or pipe bombs, but honestly it was a lot heavier than some wet towels and sneakers from the gym. then the questions started to roll through my mind. wait a minute what were they doing here at the t? >> reporter: where were they coming from? with whom had they met? duggan estimates the bags he helped them lift weighed nearly 30 pounds each and the brothers were very assertive. they did not want him to touch them. >> it would seem that this was when they picked up their bombs. >> well they had heavy backpacks with them. >> reporter: they had heavy backpacks with them. circumstantially it seems like
this, whether they picked them up here or got off a train from somewhere else this is part of recreating their steps. prosecutors say dzhokhar destroyed disposable cell phones before he was eventually caught. why? whom had he called that he did not want anyone to know about? prosecutors have said they believe quote, others might have radicalized them directed them or trained them and that others might be planning or poised to carry out additional attacks. i want to bring in cnn intelligence and security analyst and former cia operative bob baer. do you think the tsarnaev brothers had accomplices, maybe even ones in this country? >> i haven't seen the investigation and i haven't really got deeply inside of it but a couple law enforcement people have been quite insistent to me that these two didn't build that bomb alone and that undoubtedly they got help.
it's not for lack of trying they have tried to identify a third party. but they said the rewiring on the pressure cooker deviated from the inspire magazine. they added that 35 pounds of flash powder those guys didn't make it alone, then there was the detonator and the command detonator which was clearly a sophisticated device and as one of these investigators told me these two knuckleheads didn't do this on their own. >> is law enforcement still actively looking for potential accomplices? >> oh, i think undoubtedly. it goes back to dagestan where tamerlan spent a long time there. the question is did he disappear into the mountains of dagestan and join an insurgency group and get training or actually get instructions from somebody out there. but the fbi has run into dead ends no doubt about it. if they get any leads they will pursue them and they will indict a third person if in fact there was one involved. >> just to be clear, to refresh
the memories of our viewers, there was this inspire magazine this jihadist magazine that had instructions on how to build a similar bomb but this one was different and you and your law enforcement sources say that neither brother had the expertise necessarily to -- necessary to a, build these bombs and certainly not to do the rewiring that actually happened? >> it's the rewiring that's got them confounded because they really improved that device considerably and to make sure it went off and the rest of it and had the maximum detonation on it. and these two guys there's nothing in their backgrounds that would suggest that they could easily figure this out on their own, from experience or the rest of it. so the possibility of someone helping them either on the ground in the united states or somebody at some point walking
tamerlan through this and letting him actually work on these devices, then you talk to a lot of other people that just looked at the chase after this and the fact that they used improvised devices to break contact with the police that's something you don't pick up on the internet. you've got some sort of training or experience or instruction. i think the chance of these guys -- >> i'm sorry. finish your thought. >> yeah. the chances of these guys operating alone are zero. it's not that anybody's trying to cover this up. they just can't identify the other party. >> bob baer thank you for your expertise. up next in the world lead iran is accusing saudi arabia of genocide in yemen. the u.s. responds as a civil war in that country gets worse. plus a potentially dangerous storm system moving across the u.s. we are keeping a close eye on several tornado watches.
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by iran are on the move in yemen, taking control of a strategic regional capital assad saudi arabia continues to launch punishing air strikes. hundreds of lives have been lost in the fighting and the country's collapse increases fierce about an all-out proxy war between sunni arab states and their shiite rivals. let's get right to cnn's chief national security correspondent jim sciutto, who is joining us with all the latest. iran's supreme leader blasted saudi arabia's involvement in yemen, calling it genocide. >> that's right, but iran's hands not entirely clean here either. they are of course arming the other side. it demonstrates that more and more this conflict in yemen is not just local, it is very much a regional war. more and more the u.s. is involved militarily. as saudi bombs drop in yemen, the human toll is visible everywhere on the streets.
today, iran's supreme leader says the saudi-led coalition is committing genocide in the war-torn country and should be prosecuted in international courts. with continued american support, saudi arabia and its sunni allies in the gulf show no sign of letting up on their operations against the houthis. a shia sect backed by iran. during a visit to neighboring pakistan this week iran's foreign minister said the intervention must stop. >> i think it's important for all of us to reach the understanding that war will not resolve the problem. hasn't in syria. hasn't elsewhere. we need to come to our senses. >> reporter: secretary of state john kerry is putting iran on notice over its own involvement. >> we are well aware of the support that iran has been giving to yemen. iran needs to recognize that the united states is not going to
stand by while the region is destabilized. >> reporter: all this while the war against isis in neighboring iraq and syria continues unabated. there, the united states and iran share the goal of defeating the terror group. in washington today, vice president joe biden cast the battle by iraqi forces as one that is moving forward. >> the jury is still out. that's the truth. it's not over yet. but the momentum is in the right direction. >> reporter: while the u.s. and iran are at odds over the outcome in yemen, the picture in the fight against isis is more complex. >> i think both of us have the same goals and that's the defeat of isis in iraq whereas it's conflicting in yemen. that doesn't prevent us from cooperating with the iraqi government which in turn is cooperating with the iranian government. >> reporter: to that saudi-led coalition in action there, the
u.s. is now sending arms. it is sharing intelligence. it has set up a joint operations center with saudi forces. it has also rescued saudi pilots and is refueling saudi-led coalition war planes. no u.s. war planes are flying over yemen but there is escalating u.s. military involvement. we both know military involvement in that region does not end quickly. this will be a long fight. the u.s. looks to be involved there for some time. >> jim sciutto, thank you. when we come back we are keeping a close eye on severe storms in the u.s. several states under tornado watch right now including the entire chicago metro area. it is just awful out there. stay with us. the american dream is terrifying. american history is the history of the scary thing being the exact thing we have to do. cross that ocean. walk on that moon. fly. none of this makes rational sense. it only makes american sense.
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another food maker is pulling its potentially dangerous product off store shelves. now it's savra dipping company recalling cases of its classic hummus. turns out the dip could be contaminated with listeria. that bacteria of course is serious, particularly in young children or the elderly or people with weak immune systems. listeria can cause fever, nausea it can even kill you. so far there are thankfully no illnesses connected to this possible contamination. you can find a link detailing the products involved on cnn.com. just search for hummus. this is one of three listeria scares in recent weeks. blue bell ice cream recalled some of its brands as well as amy's kitchen organic foods. breaking national news right now. we have a tornado warning in parts of iowa. we also have a tornado watch for the entire windy city chicago. in fact 95 million of you are in the risk zone right now for potentially dangerous storms. if you are away from your
television, come look at this. this is the view from a storm chaser's camera just west of st. louis. similar weather claimed the life of a woman in indiana yesterday. she was trying to remove debris from a storm drain outside her house near indianapolis. somehow, she got swept down a creek that overflowed. the cnn severe weather center tracked ten reported tornadoes, mostly in rural areas. some of you sent us pictures of giant pieces of hail some the size of your hand practically. today's weather system stretches over 15 states. it could hit more populated cities than it has. let's get right to meteorologist chad myers. we have tornado watches going well into the night. today's storms really starting to flare up. >> the problem is exactly what you just touched on. yesterday, kansas parts of nebraska, oklahoma and texas. wide open country. sure, a few big cities but there are bigger cities today. chicago, indianapolis peoria
springfield, down to st. louis. these are the areas that are going to see the significant weather. it's going to be like a rake. we already have a number of storms one, two, three all the way down here. they are called super cells. they are going to drive across illinois just like a rake goes across your garden. when these are on the ground there is going to be pretty significant tornadoes. could be f-3s today. so as we zoom into the iowa storm right there, the good news with this storm at least is it's still in a rural area. but davenport, the quad cities you are possibly next to see this storm. there is nothing to stop this storm from moving your way, nothing to affect it. when we get all the storms lined up in a big long line typically you don't get big tornadoes but when you have one storm just like that all by itself we call it a super cell. nothing to fight it. it can go for a long time and it is moving toward the quad cities right now. we will keep you advised all night. >> tomorrow more storms but also some possible record heat in some areas.
>> well when we get severe weather like this we have snow in nebraska on the back side the cold side and then the warm front rises up on the east part of the country or the eastern part of the storm, and temperatures will be in the 80s in d.c. even making a run at 70 something in new york city in a couple of days. the warm on one side cold on the other, that's the clash that causes this in the first place. >> chad the storm that's hitting chicago right now, where is it headed? >> well the storm that was moving towards chicago has run out into lake michigan. that's the good news. it moved off before it started to spin again. it originally created a small tornado near peoria right here but the storm is in chicago, across chicago into the lake and now it's gone. that's good news because if you get rain and you cool your air, you don't get the potential for another big storm. now, chicago, you get sun for a couple more hours and that's possible you could be in for another round of severe weather in a couple hours as this line heads your way. we will be here all night.
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